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Animated Festive TV Viewing for Christmas 2016

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Whether you are looking forward to some of 2016’s newest animated specials, or prefer to cosy down to some classic, nostalgic, Christmas films of years gone by, Skwigly is here to make it a little easier for you to schedule your animated Christmas viewing this year with the following suggestions…

New this year

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Channel 4, Christmas Eve, 7:30pm (and Christmas Day, 5:25pm)

The first of a double whammy for Lupus Films this Christmas – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is the adaptation of Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s 1989 book. Voiced by Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams, it tells the story of a group of children who embark on a bear hunt.

Revolting Rhymes – BBC1, Part 1: Boxing Day, 6:30pm, Part 2: 27 December, 6:30pm

The team that have brought us so many Julia Donaldson classics over the past few years are taking a break from this winning formula this Christmas. Instead, Magic Light Pictures are bringing us two half-hour animated films based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name (which also coincides with his centenary year).

Ethel & Ernest – BBC1, 28th December, 7:30pm

The second of Lupus Films’ specials is the feature film adaptation of Raymond Brigg’s most persoanl story book – the story of his parents’ lives, Ethel & Ernest. Voiced by Jim Broadbent (Ernest) and Brenda Blethyn (Ethel), be sure to have some tissues at hand when you watch this…

Listen to our podcast interview with director, Roger Mainwood.

And some of the classics…

  • The Snowman – Channel 4, Christmas Eve, 4.45pm (and Christmas Day, 11:50am)
  • The Snowman and the Snowdog – Channel 4, Christmas Day, 4:55pm
  • Father Christmas – Channel 4,  Christmas Eve, 8.40am
  • Stick Man – BBC1, 30th December, 3.40pm

And if you find yourself anywhere near Bournemouth before the 14th January 2017, we thoroughly recommend the following Snowman exhbition…

Re-animating the Snowman

Curated by Skwigy’s editor Steve Henderson and assisted by Dan Cox, Re-animating the Snowman uncovers unique material from never-before-seen archives to tell the story of animation through this beloved children’s classic. Featuring original cels alongside pre-production work this exhibition provides a behind the scenes insight into the creation of The Snowman and The Snowman and the Snowdog.

The exhibition runs until the 14th January 2017 at the Northwest Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth (BH12 5HH). Opening times are:

Monday – Thursday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Closed Sunday

Please note that TheGallery and the AUB campus will be closed 23 December 2016 – 2 January 2017. More information can be found at

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